When a La Mesa man was awakened by burglars in his home, he called 911. The police officers who arrived didn't catch the suspects from the air or the ground but through a common app on many smartphones.
The two suspects broke into a home on McRae Avenue just after midnight Saturday and ran off with the homeowners’ handgun, medication, money and iPhone, according to La Mesa police. .
After a K-9 team and helicopter search could not find the suspects, investigators turned to the Find-My-Phone app. By entering the homeowner’s iPhone information, they were able to trace the suspects to an address in Chula Vista.
Chula Vista police were asked to check the address, but La Mesa PD soon discovered the iPhone was on the move again. This time, back to La Mesa, police said.
Officers tracked the signal to Murray Hill Drive and Yale Avenue where they stopped a dark blue late model BMW and took both men in the car into custody.
Officers say they recovered the stolen items from the car.
Luis Pelayo and Luis Gallardo, both 21 and from San Diego, were booked at the San Diego County Jail on charges of residential burglary, theft of a firarm and possession of a controlled substance.